Object #1013939 from MS-Papers-0032-0612
3 pages written 10 Jul 1862 by Rev Henry Hanson Turton
From: Inward letters - Rev Henry Hanson Turton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0612 (65 digitised items).
Letters written from Taranaki, Auckland and Wellington
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It is not long since I heard of your return to Auckld., and you have been very near Kapanga since then, and yet I cd. not see you. And now I am pretty well tied down to one place. Until yesterday, It is sometime since I was up at the Diggings. They are all busy and prospering in the Driving Creek - 9 1/2 lbs. in one block, of quartz and gold.
You know our requirements, so keep Pita up to the mark. They are now so avaricious that they will allow scarcely any advantage to us, without special utu but as the Diggings are eminently for their own benefit, every facility shd. be afforded by them to the strangers who came and wish to reside.
If we are to be altogether under the power of these 1/2 doz. people at Kapanga, it will be insufferable to all concerned.
I think you cd. manage it far best, if you were to come, and go over it leisurely. Indeed, if the arrangement he made in Auckland, it will not be satisfactory. You could stop at Downe's, and come here daily. It wd. not take you long.
I was going to write an official to you, abt. it, but I think this will be best, and then you can provide for the roads bridges, horse sites etc. and alluvial diggings and Reserves.
And after Pita is done with, then you shd. finish off with Kitahi and Puhata, or we shall have constant raruraru - as diggers will be arriving - before terms are made and provisions ready.
Pita is so jealous of our people working on Kere's Reef (on the Govt. land) that he will not allow a dray an easy passage across the stream. Whereas it is that Reef, wh. has called attention to all the rest, and thus bring in his rental.
The same with other roads. So you must come, if you can or send Mr. Rogan.
H. H. Turton.
If the money be paid first Pita will make all sorts of objections afterwards.
Inward letters - Rev Henry Hanson Turton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0612 (65 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
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